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Ways and Means Committee Acts to Protect Welfare Work Requirements

March 06, 2013

Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) issued the following statement after the Committee approved, by a vote of 21 to 14, H.R. 890, the Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act of 2013.

“Ways and Means Committee passage of the Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act today brings us one step closer to preventing the Obama Administration’s attempt to undermine welfare work requirements.  The work requirements were a central part of the successful 1996 welfare reforms, which have led to more work and earnings and less welfare dependence and poverty for low-income Americans.  The Committee acted today after the Administration refused to rescind their misguided and harmful waiver policy.  It’s my hope that the House and Senate will quickly take up and pass this legislation so that we may finally put this issue behind us and move forward to further strengthen the nation’s welfare program.”